Picture of the Day - October 23, 2009
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The warm, sunny days of summer are behind us for another year, and
the cold, dark months of winter are on our doorstep, but in between,
autumn gives the Grand Master one last chance to show us the beauty
of His handiwork as the colors of fall blaze in the trees around us.
Fall is one of my favorite times of the year, and altogether too
short. I'd be quite content if I could stretch autumn out for an
extra month or two, just to spend it taking in the spectacular
colors and beauty of the season.
We've had some blustery, wet weather the last few days, and I found
this fallen maple leaf on my deck when I returned home this
afternoon. The colors were brilliant, all the hues of the season
seemingly contained, as if by magic, in this single leaf, and the
contrast between the vibrant leaf and the drab, dark, wet wood
struck me as a dramatic study in contrasts. The light - what there
was of it on a gray, dreary day - was fading fast, so I quickly got
my tripod and camera and set up to snap some shots before it got too
As I looked at this photo, it occurred to me once again how often
beauty can be found without ever leaving home. Sometimes all we have
to do is simply open our eyes to see the wonders of nature that
present themselves, quite literally, on our doorstep...
This shot was taken with a Canon EOS 5D in manual mode with a Tamron
SP24-135 lens at 41mm, 8 second exposure at f/13 using a remote
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Name: Rick Rouse
Comment on today's picture
Town: Abingdon, VA
God certainly isn't stingy with His wonderful creations. He makes
sure that all of us have the opportunity to enjoy them regardless of
where we happen to live. Great job as always Rocky.
Name: Marion Finley
Town: Olathe, KS
Mr. Rockwell, by photographing a single leaf you have most
successfully captured the beauty and essence of the most wonderful
season of the year. Your images inspire us novice photographers to
want to learn as much as we can about taking great photographs.
But more importantly, your thoughtful narratives help us to
understand that the images themselves aren't nearly as important as
the amazing Creator who gave us all this beauty to enjoy in the
first place. I don't even know you sir, but I greatly admire you.
Thanks for all you do to help bring just a little more joy and
understanding to our lives.
Town: Spokane, WA
So very simple in composition, yet so very elegant in execution.
Great photo Rocky!! I have yet to see a leave that looks like this
on our side of the mountains. You did a splendid job with this
Town: Gatlinburg, TN
An entire seasonís magic distilled into a single fallen leaf.
Wonderful capture, Rocky.
Name: Ed Morrison
Town: Dunwoody, GA
Name: Shirley Meeks
Town: Asheboro, NC
Beautiful colors. I have never seen a leaf this brilliant! Great
Name: Beth Ferguson
Town: Salinas, CA
Town: Buffalo, NY
Superb color and lines in this wonderful fall photo by Mr. Rockwell.
I'm equally amazed that it was shot so clearly, outdoors, with an 8
second exposure. I'm afraid in my town, in 8 seconds, it would have
blown away leaving me with just a blur! Mr. Rockwell has a great eye
for composition and the photographic skill to capture it. Great
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